About Us


We build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

We are working toward a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

How We Do It
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner. Habitat houses are sold to families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.

Family Selection
Whether in the U.S. or overseas, families in need apply to local Habitat affiliates. The affiliate’s family selection committee considers applicants’ level of need, their willingness to partners in the Habitat program, and their ability to repay a mortgage. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat homeowner families.

If your family, or a family you know, is in need of decent, affordable housing, please check our Eligibility page to find out more information on how to qualify and apply for our program.

Habitat and its Affiliates
Habitat is a worldwide, grassroots movement. Concerned citizens from all walks of life come together as volunteers and staff to form a Habitat affiliate in their community. Fundraising, house construction, family selection and other key decisions are carried out by the local affiliates. HFHI headquarters, located in Americus, Ga., provides information, training, support and other services to Habitat affiliates worldwide.

There are more than 2,100 active affiliates in 100 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Use the Habitat for Humanity International affiliate search to find Habitat affiliates in other areas. Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has been an affiliate since 1991.

Donations
Donations are used as designated by the donor. Gifts received by us that are designated to a specific building project are forwarded to that project. Any undesignated gifts are used where most needed. Our most recent reviewed financial statement is available upon request.

Management
Our board of directors determines policy and monitors operations in conjunction with a board of advisers. Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing in our community. We operate with an Executive Director who oversees the staff and daily operations, assisted by a core group of clerical and support volunteers.

Government Support
Habitat does not accept government funds for the construction of new houses or for the renovation or repair of existing houses. Occasionally, we accept government funds for “stage-setting” infrastructure needs (streets, sewers, etc.) , or for the acquisition of land, so long as the funds have no strings attached that would violate Habitat’s principles.

Where We Serve: Clark County
Clark County has seen a large growth in individuals living below the poverty level since the 2008 recession. Between 2008 and 2009 Clark County saw the third largest gain in individuals living in poverty out of all counties in Washington State.

  • Poverty Rate: 12.4%
  • Between 2008 and 2009, the percentage of children in Clark County living in poverty increased 4.4%.
  • Clark County ranks 6th highest in Washington for individuals living in poverty.
  • Female headed families with children under 5 years of age constitute the largest family group subsisting under the poverty line.
  • Married couples with children under 18 years of age ranked second highest.
  • Married couple families with children under 5 years of age are the fastest growing family group living below poverty standards.

Mission Vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Mission Principles

1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.

2. Focus on shelter.
We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate, or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.

3. Advocate for affordable housing.
In response to the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically, and religiously unacceptable.

4. Promote dignity and hope.
We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.

5. Support sustainable and transformational development.
We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Impact on Clark County

Since 1991 we have built 35 homes in Clark County serving 129 individuals, including 78 children.

Evergreen Habitat Facts

  • Homeowners are selected based on need, willingness to partner with Habitat, ability to pay mortgage, and residence or employment in Clark County and surrounding areas for one year.
  • Families provide 500 hours of sweat-equity, working on their home or the home of a Habitat neighbor.
  • When homeowners move on, their houses may be sold back to Evergreen Habitat and then resold to another qualified family, thus ensuring that Habitat homes stay affordable in perpetuity.
  • Each year, we tithe 10% of our funds to support Habitat’s home-building work in developing countries. The past few year’s we have tithed to Guatemala.
  • Over 500 volunteers work at our construction sites annually, providing most of the labor needed to build our homes.
  • Habitat homes are sold at cost with 0% interest loans.

Current Clark County Housing Market

  • Median income for a family of four living in Clark County in 2013 was $58,225.
  • Fair market rent for a family of four in Clark County is $1,583.
  • Affordable rent for a Habitat partner family is around $500.
  • The median house price in Clark County is $232,500.
  • The price of an Evergreen Habitat home with a zero-percent interest mortgage is $75,000.
  • Between 2008 and 2009, the percentage of children in Clark County living in poverty increased 4.4%.
  • Clark County ranks 6th highest in Washington for individuals living in poverty.
  • Female headed families with children under 5 years of age constitute the largest family group subsisting under the poverty line.
  • Married couples with children under 18 years of age ranked second highest.
  • Married couple families with children under 5 years of age are the fastest growing family group living below poverty standards.
  • Clark County has one of the highest median rents of any metropolitan area in the state.